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No job 2 years after PGCE - EEEK - Help please.

Discussion in 'Art and design' started by elliestac3001, Jun 11, 2012.

  1. Hi there
    I never really go on these forums but I am stuck and would love some advice. I qualified from my PGCE in 2010 (Art and Design) I didnt realise how hard it would be to get a job so I was very picky to begin with. During my PGCE I found out my father had got cancer and he went through chemo during my PGCE but soon after I qualified he was told it was no longer working. I gave up my supply teaching I was doing at the school I had done my second placement in and moved home to be with him and my mum. I then helped care for him until he died. As you can imagine my mind wasnt really on applying for jobs but now I have found myself 2 years after qualifying with little to show for it and terrified about how my CV/applications look. I have not been asked for interview yet either so I have no idea what I am doing wrong in my applications. I loved teaching during my PGCE and truly believe that I am good at it - but how do I get the job????? Do I include my depressing story in my applications? I am considering applying for TA jobs just to be in a school permanently as I havent enjoyed supply as I hate being in different schools and never being able to build any realtionships with staff or pupils, but I just feel like I deserve a teaching job and I know I would be a brilliant teacher. Any advice would be appreciated, its all getting very disheartening.
     
  2. Hi there
    I never really go on these forums but I am stuck and would love some advice. I qualified from my PGCE in 2010 (Art and Design) I didnt realise how hard it would be to get a job so I was very picky to begin with. During my PGCE I found out my father had got cancer and he went through chemo during my PGCE but soon after I qualified he was told it was no longer working. I gave up my supply teaching I was doing at the school I had done my second placement in and moved home to be with him and my mum. I then helped care for him until he died. As you can imagine my mind wasnt really on applying for jobs but now I have found myself 2 years after qualifying with little to show for it and terrified about how my CV/applications look. I have not been asked for interview yet either so I have no idea what I am doing wrong in my applications. I loved teaching during my PGCE and truly believe that I am good at it - but how do I get the job????? Do I include my depressing story in my applications? I am considering applying for TA jobs just to be in a school permanently as I havent enjoyed supply as I hate being in different schools and never being able to build any realtionships with staff or pupils, but I just feel like I deserve a teaching job and I know I would be a brilliant teacher. Any advice would be appreciated, its all getting very disheartening.
     
  3. Do supply again for a while, even if you hate it. At least that way you can write on your applications that you have been teaching. Otherwise, you may find yourself in the same position another two years down the line. As for your back story, it may not be appropriate to go into the specific details - perhaps you could mention the past two years have been spent doing a mixture of supply and caring for your dad.
     
  4. Thanks - yeah I was going to do that anyway, I just am wondering whether I'll be doing supply for the rest of my life! 2 years seems a long time to be looking for a job - but I guess I chose the worst timing to be looking for one.
     
  5. your story touched me and I do hope things work out for you. Dont let frustration stop you though. You have to jump through a lot of hoops and its hard, tiring and takes a lot of energy. Keep trying though and Im sure you will get something eventually. Perhaps looking further afield if you have been concentrating in one area?
    Good luck!
     
  6. Ah thankyou very much. Yes I am starting to look in London, but I worry about my mum being on her own, but she says she wants me to do what I want so I guess I should listen to her.
    I'm worried that my degree subject is affecting my applications - I did fashion design and although it has no baring on my teaching as I am a total art and design geek and do not concentrate on my subject specialism I think people may be put off by it - does anyone know if this is true? Do art departments favour certain specialisms?

     
  7. Lottes

    Lottes New commenter

    No, Fashion Design definitely wouldn't put me off interviewing you at all, but I'd be looking for a good variety in your portfolio.
    You could perhaps start to look for Technology Textile positions, that might widen your search. You may have to teach some DT too. Have you completed your NQT year?
    I agree with coffeekid about getting back into supply work, and perhaps writing to local schools and offering to deliver a workshop for students... maybe a fashion illustration session for a school that does GCSE Textiles or volunteer to be their art technician for one day a week... just to get back into the swing of things and start topping up the CV?
    Good luck.
     
  8. Lottes

    Lottes New commenter

  9. Hi thanks so much! I dont know what DT encompasses. I watched a fashion and textiles lesson at a school and didnt enjoy it so I was really put off, they were doing costing sheets and tracing things and I like to teach in a different way.
    Also to be honest my passion is with art more than fashion, I love fashion but my interests are much broader than just the fashion industry. My subject knowledge is good and I have confidence in my abilities to teach but I'm just awful at the whole application process I guess? I'll start trying to get back into supply and do some workshops. Its just hard to motivate yourself when your confidence is low.
    Thankyou so much for the jobs aswell :) Much appreciated.
     
  10. You have to jump through a lot of hoops and its hard, tiring and takes a
    lot of energy. Keep trying though and Im sure you will get something
    eventually.[​IMG]

     
  11. Thank you. I'll keep on plugging away.
     
  12. What area are you in?
     

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